In Serie A Benevento goalkeeper Alberto Brignoli scored an injury-time equaliser against AC Milan to earn his team the first Serie A point in their history. The Serie – who were in the third tier in 2015-16 – had lost more games at the start of a season than any team in history from Europe’s top five leagues. The keeper, on loan from Juventus, headed in Danilo Cataldi’s free-kick to end a record-breaking run of 14 defeats.
A double bubble week of games, which should see some big scores.
Firstly on Tuesday Brighton and Palace played out a scrappy goal less draw, Leicester held on to beat Spurs thanks to goals by Vardy and Mahrez. Man U had the game won at Vicarage Road by half time and Newcastle came from 0-2 down to salvage a point at West Brom.
On Wednesday Burnley won their 4th game out of 5 at Bournemouth 2-1. Arsenal put 5 past Huddersfield, who are starting to get found out. Giroud got a brace. Chelsea slipped past a stubborn Swans, Man C scored very, very late to beat Southampton at the Etihad and Liverpool strolled to a 3-0 win at Stoke with the on fire Saleh getting two.
Then at Goodison much to West Ham and David Moyes chagrin, Wayne Rooney rolled back the years with his first Toffee’s hat trick as Everton beat the Hammers 4-0.
Tues 28th Nov
Brighton 0-0 C Palace
Leicester 2-1 Tottenham
Watford 2-4 Man Utd
WBA 2-2 Newcastle
Wed 29th Nov
Bournemouth 1-2 Burnley
Arsenal 5-0 Huddersfield
Chelsea 1-0 Swansea
Everton 4-0 West Ham
Man C 2-1 Southampton
Stoke 0-3 Liverpool
Then this weekend Chelsea, Liverpool and Man U all kept up their chase of Man C, albeit they seem to running at half the pace of the league leaders, who for the second game running never gave up the ghost to make 2 points into 6.
Chelsea came from behind to beat Newcastle at the Bridge, Hazard scored twice. Liverpool gave Brighton a bit of a lesson with Firmino getting two of their five and Man U defended with luck and resolution and won 3-1 at Arsenal.
The north London boys slip to 5th and 6th as Spurs were held 1-1 by 10-men Watford. Everton won again in Big Sam’s first game. Calvert-Lewis shining in the 2-0 win over the falling Huddersfield. Leicester are 9th after beating Burnley. Stoke beat now bottom Swansea 2-1 as Palace and West Brom was 0-0.
On Sunday on the south coast spoils were shared between the Cherries and Saints. Charlie Austin was again on the scoresheet and Man C won late once again against a much improved Hammers to stay 8 points clear.
Sat 2nd Dec
Chelsea 3-1 Newcastle
Brighton 1-5 Liverpool
Everton 2-0 Huddersfield
Leicester 1-0 Burnley
Stoke 2-1 Swansea
Watford 1-1 Tottenham
WBA 0-0 C Palace
Arsenal 1-3 Man U
Sun 3rd Dec
Bournemouth 1-1 Southampton
Man C 2-1 West Ham
Rooney taking a 6 iron to the Irons.
Friends, Colleagues Property, Insurance folk and esteemed N&R FL friends,
Time for another small challenge in aid of the excellent charity that is Walking with the Wounded – supporting those who risked their lives for us but who are now at risk of homelessness, in police custody, struggling with their mental health, unemployed, or unable to buy presents for their children.
Walking Home for Christmas –
Tomorrow, Friday 1st December I will be joining a few other hardy souls and trekking the 50 miles or so from the Cenotaph in London to Petworth in Sussex.
Now I don’t live in Sussex so how can that be walking home you might ask?
Therefore, on the assumption that I survive the fifty miles to Petworth, I will ‘walk home’ and on the 13th/14th December I will ‘stroll’ the 70 (Seventy) ish miles from the Tower of London back to Folkestone (home!) I am hoping to make that in time for the 15th December which is a ‘milestone’ birthday.
Instead of any birthday presents I am asking friends and family to make a donation to this great charity.
Every £675 raised can support a veteran through the mental health programme and receive 1-2-1 therapy within an average of 4 days of consent and within 10 miles of their home. WWTW supported more than 1,000 veterans last year and with your help can treble that in 2018.
So please spare a few quid in the run up to Christmas by donating here:
Or get involved yourself ….
Thank you once again.
“I have been involved in football policing at all levels and have been a match commander for Albion matches for 12 years but I have never come across such concerted attempts to cause disorder and engage in violent behaviour. This was a return to the dark days of football and is not acceptable.” – Ch Insp Simon Nelson
Friday on BBC Two between 3.15pm and 4.30pm. Could be an interesting draw especially if Carabao are organising it with Diane Abbott working out the numbers! Here are the pots:
An Englishman I’d take a group of Poland, Peru, Egypt and Japan. But you know it will be Brazil, Spain, Iceland and Serbia..